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Edith always puts herself last. But she’s been widowed for a while, and her two troublesome children have flown the nest. This is her chance to finally take care of herself.

Plans for a blissful retirement go awry in this warm-hearted romantic comedy. Alison Steadman heads a stellar cast alongside John Cleese, in his first BBC role since Fawlty Towers.

Plans for a blissful retirement go awry in this warm-hearted romantic comedy. Alison Steadman heads a stellar cast alongside John Cleese, in his first BBC role since Fawlty Towers.

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Phil is a retired businessman. His caustic sense of humour can’t hide the fact he loves Edith more than anything. So when she finally agrees to marry him, they’re all set to finally realise their dream – a move to another country, and a future filled with romantic walks on sun-kissed beaches.

But then Edith’s son Roger crashes back into their lives. Fifty going on 12, Roger has had a mid-life breakdown and left his wife, children and job.

He can’t even cope with Edith giving his childhood toy collection to charity, so it’s no wonder the stress of adult life has proved too much.

And that’s just the tip of their troubles. Edith’s demanding daughter Sandra is pestering Phil for a business loan. A raffish former boyfriend from Edith’s past reappears. And, at Roger’s request, Edith’s old cleaner Mrs Gale is tearing through the house, leaving a trail of chaos in her wake.

Beset by this quirky cast of characters, Edith and Phil’s lives often explode into farce. All they wanted was a quiet retirement filled with sea and sand. It’s just a shame about the son.

Next On

Episode 3, Series 1

Wednesday April 24 at 8:30pm

Marriage Counsellor

Episode 3 | Series 1

Mrs Gale offers to help sort out Roger and Wendy's marital problems.

Episode 4, Series 1

Wednesday April 24 at 9:05pm

The Burglary

Episode 4 | Series 1

A midnight break-in brings Edith face to face with a ghost from her past.

Episode 3, Series 1

Saturday April 27 at 9:30am

Marriage Counsellor

Episode 3 | Series 1

Mrs Gale offers to help sort out Roger and Wendy's marital problems.

Episode 4, Series 1

Saturday April 27 at 10:05am

The Burglary

Episode 4 | Series 1

A midnight break-in brings Edith face to face with a ghost from her past.

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday April 28 at 6:20pm

Marriage Counsellor

Episode 3 | Series 1

Mrs Gale offers to help sort out Roger and Wendy's marital problems.

Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday April 28 at 6:55pm

The Burglary

Episode 4 | Series 1

A midnight break-in brings Edith face to face with a ghost from her past.

Episode 5, Series 1

Wednesday May 1 at 8:30pm

Roger The Carer

Episode 5 | Series 1

Roger tries to pass as a carer for his mother but has to ask someone to stand in for her.

Episode 6, Series 1

Wednesday May 1 at 9:05pm

Old Flames

Episode 6 | Series 1

Phil is worried that Edith's old flame Bob may be gaining ground.

Episode 5, Series 1

Saturday May 4 at 9:30am

Roger The Carer

Episode 5 | Series 1

Roger tries to pass as a carer for his mother but has to ask someone to stand in for her.

Episode 6, Series 1

Saturday May 4 at 10:05am

Old Flames

Episode 6 | Series 1

Phil is worried that Edith's old flame Bob may be gaining ground.

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 6:20pm

Roger The Carer

Episode 5 | Series 1

Roger tries to pass as a carer for his mother but has to ask someone to stand in for her.

Episode 6, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 6:55pm

Old Flames

Episode 6 | Series 1

Phil is worried that Edith's old flame Bob may be gaining ground.

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